Kilian Jornet wins the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline

Last updated: 25-Sep-17

By Alice Morrison

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline is a 55km combination of running and scrambling with £4000 as a first prize. This year it attracted Kilian Jornet as well as over 1500 other participants from 30+countries for the weekend of racing in Scotland.

There were four races over the weekend:

Salomon Mamores VK™ 
5km / 1,000m 
An incredible leg burning and lung-busting ascent from sea level to Munro summit.

Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ 
120km / 4,000m  
Weaving through remote glens, crossing high mountain passes and embracing the superb wilderness on offer in the Scottish Highlands. Truly, this course is for the boldest all-round ultra-runners.

Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace™
29km / 2,500m 
A variation of the classic ‘Ring of Steall’ ridge-walking route, the Skyrace® has spectacular views of Ben Nevis from the Mamores and includes short sections of easy scrambling.

Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™
55km/4750m

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Photo credit: Biel Rafols.

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ was the main attraction and is one of only three EXTREME rated Skyrunner® World Series races globally. The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing.

In addition, the race traverses high and remote mountainous terrain, which is at times subject to severe and rapidly changing weather. The race is only suitable for highly experienced competitors … no problem for Mr Jornet there.

In the event, he smashed it taking 6 minutes off Jonathan Albon’s record with a time of 6:25:40. Jonathan came in second this year. Emelie Forsberg took it for the women with 7:53:21.

It was Kilian’s first visit to Scotland and he felt right at home.

I love this kind of terrain,” he said, “Today was one of the most beautiful races in the world without a doubt. I wanted to come all these years, and I am really happy I finally came. For sure it is a race to come back to. How will I celebrate? Maybe a Scottish whisky? I have a race in Spain next Saturday, so I need to chill out a bit. I will have one whisky . . . one bottle probably!

"Today was one of the most beautiful races in the world without a doubt (Kilian Jornet)"

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